NSU’s Chris Zirkle Nominated for Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

first_imgZirkle, a 6-foot-2, 287-pound product of League City, Texas, was the lone Southland Conference and Louisiana student-athlete among the 59 candidates from NCAA FCS, Division II, Division III, and NAIA schools that will comprise half of the 22-member Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which will be announced Sept. 12. In addition to the 11 members from the combined divisions ballot, 11 players will be chosen from a field of 78 FBS nominees. A second-team preseason All-Southland Conference selection, Zirkle was named the Southland Conference’s male representative at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Orlando, Florida, in April. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team was established in 1992 and honors student-athletes on the basis of community service. The 22-person team and an honorary coach are selected by a voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team members and media members who look for dedication to service as well as the embodiment of leadership on and off the field. Zirkle becomes the first Northwestern State football player nominated for the Good Works Team since JeMarcus Marshall was a candidate for the 2016 team. In 2011, Yaser Elqutub became the first NSU player to be named to the Good Works Team and was voted as the captain of that year’s edition. A second-team All-Southland Conference selection in 2017, Zirkle played the final four games of the 2018 season, preserving a season of eligibility under the NCAA’s new redshirt guidelines. He and the Demons open their 2019 season Aug. 29 at UT Martin.center_img What Zirkle has done away from the gridiron put him in elite company Tuesday morning as the American Football Coaches Association revealed nominees for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration in December 2018, graduating magna cum laude, and is pursuing a master’s degree in homeland security. He is a member of NSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as the organization’s Community Service Outreach Coordinator during the 2018-19 academic year. Courtesy of Northwestern State Athletics Sports InformationNorthwestern State senior offensive lineman Chris Zirkle’s on-field play has earned him numerous accolades during his Northwestern State football career.last_img read more

Laumape top of the pops

first_imgPhoto by: HAGEN HOPKINS/GETTY IMAGES Caption: Ngani Laumape has been named Hurricanes’ player of the year. The 24-year-old walked away with the player of the year and best and fairest honours, to cap a campaign in which he made his All Blacks debut as well. On a night when the Super Rugby semifinalists sought to honour their achievers, there were also some emotional goodbyes. Seven of this year’s squad won’t be with the franchise in 2018, but none are as decorated as wing Cory Jane.At 34, the 53-test All Black and veteran of more than 100 games for the Hurricanes is off-contract and due to take up the second year of his deal with Japanese club Toshiba. An exceptionally astute operator, coaching might feature in Jane’s future, while he’d be a dab hand at television as well.While Jane’s contribution to the Hurricanes will never be forgotten, Thursday night was about celebrating a decent – if maybe not fantastic – season in which Laumape’s personal efforts were to the fore.His 15 tries were a franchise record and tied him for the all-time Super Rugby single-season mark, with the Crusaders’ Rico Gear (2005) and Joe Roff of the Brumbies in 1997. Laumape started every Hurricanes match this year, which was a feat matched only by Brad Shields. Shields, and fellow flanker Ardie Savea, were the two other finalists for player of the year.Laumape was also a joint-winner of the prestigious best and fairest award with Ardie Savea and centre Matt Proctor. That award is decided by the players, on a 3, 2 or 1-point system voted on after every match.There was no shock at the naming of rookie of the year, which went to fullback Jordie Barrett. Now an All Black too, Barrett scored 133 points this season and impressed everyone with his poise and all round skills.Team man of the year was flanker Callum Gibbins, who’s off to join the Glasgow Warriors. A hugely-influential member of the squad behind the scenes, Gibbins will be greatly missed. Shields and injured prop Reg Goodes were the other team man finalists.Lastly, there was some recognition for Geoff Cridge. The injured lock has fought back from a serious knee injury, but not soon enough to see any game time in 2017, and was recognised for his attitude and work ethic.Others to be acknowledged were lock James Broadhurst, who retired during the season, plus those joining Jane and Gibbins in playing on elsewhere. Outstanding lock Mark Abbott is going to Japan, while prop Loni Uhila is off to France, halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi the Chiefs, first five-eighth Otere Black the Blues and hooker Leni Apisai an unconfirmed New Zealand Super franchise.2017 Hurricanes AwardsPlayer of the Year: Ngani LaumapeBest & Fairest: Ngani Laumape, Matt Proctor, Ardie SaveaRookie of the Year: Jordie BarrettTeam Man of the Year: Callum GibbinsSuper XV Award: Geoff Cridge100 Matches: Julian Savea, Dane Coles50 Matches: Ardie Savea, Ben May, Chris Eveslast_img read more

Juventus’ bizarre move that would affect Atlético

first_imgThe name of Mauro Icardi every day is related to a new club and that is that the striker’s future is in the air every so often.or. The last news from Italy that he knew would co-index his future is that if Paris Saint-Germain resells to Italy, Inter will have to pocket 85 million, 15 more than if they are going to play in a destination other than the transalpine country.Now, in Tuttosport, they propose a bizarre transfer where Atlético de Madrid could be the main affected. According to this Turin newspaper, Juventus would prefer Milik, the Napoli forward, to accompany Cristiano instead of Maurito, who would end up in Napoli. Thus, Icardi would change the biaconero for the azzurro and would become the Neapolitan nine, a club that would invest in him what would be collected from the Polish gunboat. The loss of the Argentine in Paris Saint-Germain could cover it perfectly, Edinson Cavani, from whom his departure in winter was taken for granted and now, his renewal in the Parc des Princes club seems closer. 18 If it happened, Atlético would have to do without two of the most powerful names in their list of pretenders to reinforce their lead, Milik and Cavani, and probe other options. Be that as it may, Inter will be the one to pocket between 70 and 85 million for its former captain. Icardi met the goal againAfter a bad end at Inter Milan, Mauro Icardi has returned to meet the goal. The Argentine, so far this season, managed to reach 20 goals scoring twelve in Ligue 1, five in the Champions League and three in the French League Cup. With the rest of the season, still pending to know if it will be played or not, Mauro has time to match his best record: the 29 goals of the 17/18 campaign.last_img read more

Shanghai esports team ends 42-match Overwatch losing streak

first_imgLATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Karl-Anthony Towns out with concussion for 1st missed game of his career Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Shanghai ditched its primarily Chinese roster after a dismal first season and replaced those players mostly with South Koreans. The league’s only female player, Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon, is one of three players remaining from the inaugural roster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAmong the players that helped Shanghai beat the Uprising was Noh “Gamsu” Young-Jin, who was traded from Boston to the Dragons earlier this month.“Overwatch” is a 6-on-6 first-person shooter, and the Overwatch League is the first city-based professional esport, including franchises in Asia, North America and Europe. The league plans to bring its franchises to their home cities in future seasons, but all matches are currently being played in Southern California.center_img NEW YORK, NY – JULY 28: Philadelphia Fusion play London Spitfire during Overwatch League Grand Finals – Day 2 at Barclays Center on July 28, 2018 in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment /AFPBURBANK, Calif. — A Shanghai esports team has finally secured a victory after losing its first 42 matches, a skid that carried into the Overwatch League’s second season.The Shanghai Dragons went 0-40 as an inaugural “Overwatch” franchise in 2018 and lost their first two matches this season before beating the Boston Uprising on Friday night. Players high-fived on stage after clinching the win, and fans at the 500-seat Blizzard Arena broke out a loud “Let’s go Dragons!” chant.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ecobank Gets U$310M Loan from AfDB

first_imgThe Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$310 million Trade Facilitation Loan (TFL) for Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, parent company of the Ecobank Group.AfDB made the decision recently in Abidjan and will provide trade finance to support economies in which Ecobank is currently operating, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.According to a statement from Abidjan, the intervention came at a time of falling commodity prices, which have caused shortages in foreign exchange supply that have led to unmet demands for trade finance instruments to support ongoing structural changes in the respective economies in sub-Saharan Africa.The bank said through the Ecobank branch network across sub-Saharan Africa, the project would mainly support small and medium enterprises and local companies involved in import and export activities.The loan, according to AfDB, will help address critical market demands for trade finance and dollar liquidity by supporting vital economic sectors such as agri-business, chemicals, construction and engineering, food processing, manufacturing and non-traditional exports. “It will foster financial sector development, provide a platform to support intra-Africa and regional trade and support financing of medium term infrastructure projects, creating robust industries and employment opportunities for youth and will enhance support to local enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa, whose trading activities are being constrained by shortages in dollar funding,” the statement said. The AfDB said when the fund is fully utilized, including rollovers, the interventions are expected to facilitate roughly US$2 billion of trade over a three and a half-year period and will contribute to the attainment of AfDB’s five operational priorities – its ‘High 5s’ – namely: Light up and power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. The project also aligns with AfDB’s ten-year strategy, particularly its financial sector development plan, which seeks to increase access to financial services for the underserved and broaden Africa’s financial systems, the statement said. The AfDB’s Private Sector Strategy will contribute to the improvement of the investment and business environment in West Africa, subsequently promoting regional trade.“We will promote enterprise development through increased access to appropriate levels of trade finance for small and medium enterprises and local corporations,” said AfDB.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Diego Costa suspected of tax fraud in Spain: report

first_img0Shares0000Spanish tax authorities are reportedly investigating Diego Costa © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Apr 17 – Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is the latest star to fall foul of the Spanish authorities for possible non-payment of taxes on image rights, a Spanish newspaper reported on Wednesday.“The tax administration accuses the Atletico striker of fraud totalling 1.1 million euros (Sh125mn) related to taxes related to his image rights in 2014,” daily newspaper El Mundo reported. Contacted by AFP, a spokesman for the tax office refused to comment. saying he could not comment on “specific taxpayer files”.Two football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have already paid substantial fines in Spain for the same offence. A third star, Neymar, is reportedly being investigated in Spain over his taxes.The tax office suspects the 30-year-old Costa “concealed income” from a sponsorship deal he signed with Adidas shortly before he joined Chelsea from Atletico in 2014. Costa, who has both Brazilian and Spanish citizenship, returned to Atletico in 2018.Spanish public prosecutors must decide whether they will act on the tax office’s suspicions and file a lawsuit against Costa, El Mundo added.The news comes a week after Costa was slapped with an eight-match ban by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for insulting and grabbing referee Gil Manzano during the first half of Atletico’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on April 6.The ban means Costa will not play again this season as Atletico have been knocked out of the Copa del Rey as well as the Champions League.He is just one of several famous footballers who have fallen foul of Spain’s tax authorities in recent years.A Spanish court in January handed Portuguese striker Ronaldo a suspended two-year prison sentence for committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid.The player, who joined Italian side Juventus last year, also agreed to pay 18.8 million euros in fines and back taxes to settle the case, according to judicial sources.Barcelona’s Messi paid a two-million-euro fine in 2016 in his own tax wrangle and received a 21-month jail term.The prison sentence was later reduced to a further fine of 252,000 euros, equivalent to 400 euros per day of the original term.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Guardiola says Lyon a step up from Premier League level after UCL draw

first_img SORRY ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Most Read In Football The result ensured City qualified for the last 16, but Guardiola said the game should serve as another reminder of how tough competing in Europe can be.The City manager said: “Today the Champions League showed me again that it’s a different competition, the players are better, the demands are so high.“They have weapons on set-pieces, defensively are so strong, they have quality up front. When people say it’s easy for the Champions League, you cannot imagine how confused people are.“After losing the first game, here was not a surprise.“But in February we’ll be there, another year for City. We can focus on the Premier League and try to compete against the best teams in Europe when February comes.” 3 Pep Guardiola felt Lyon’s performance proved how superior the Champions League is to the Premier League.City twice needed to come from behind to secure a 2-2 draw as they were outplayed for large spells by the French side in Tuesday’s Group F clash in France. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Guardiola, who twice won the Champions League as Barcelona coach, feels the demands are completely different from the Premier League, which City won comfortably last season.He said: “You don’t have time. You can lose games in the Premier League and still have 38 games. Here there is huge quality for 180 minutes.“We showed personality. We got the point that we needed for February. Qualifying for the last 16 is the happiest time for November and December.”City twice fell behind to goals from the outstanding Maxwel Cornet, who also hit the woodwork, but responded with headed equalisers from Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Aguero.There had been speculation Guardiola might start 18-year-old Phil Foden after being hit by a spate of injuries, but Raheem Sterling instead played a central midfield role. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Aymeric Laporte was on the scoresheet for Man City in Lyon Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos REPLY center_img latest gameday cracker Maxwel Cornet was outstanding for Lyon, scoring both their goals Guardiola said: “I decided for another player, but everybody here is ready. I came here to show we wanted to win and I put on all the strikers that we have.”City will now hope to secure top spot in the group in their final fixture against Hoffenheim next month.Lyon will also need a result in their last game against Shakhtar Donetsk to progress. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED revealed Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 3 Pep Guardiola was relieved to leave Lyon with a draw scrap 3 PAYBACK Manager Bruno Genesio said: “I was very pleased to see my team perform how they did. City are one of the best teams in Europe.“I regret our concentration levels dropped after we scored our second goal but we have to take the positives from this as we played a great game. Maxwel had a massive game, as did the entire team.“We would have liked to have qualified but we are feeling very positive.”last_img read more


first_img(L-R: Sadie Gibson, Eddie Gormley, Cllr Frank McBrearty, Joyce Coyle, Anne-Marie Glenn, Isabelle Glenn and Colm McBrearty)Independent Councillor for the Stranorlar Electoral Area Cllr Frank McBrearty has  demanded that the Health Service Executive and the Health Minister clarify the current status of Lifford Community Hospital. Describing the current uncertainty surrounding the health unit as being both ‘reprehensible and wrong’, the Councillor has taken the decision to write to both Dr. James Reilly and HSE Area Manager John Hayes, asking both men to explicitly spell out what the future holds for the Lifford based facility. Councillor McBrearty made his comments following a visit to the hospital where he met with both patients and staff, as well as meeting with the members of the centre’s development committee – Friends of Lifford Hospital. During the visit, Cllr McBrearty presented the committee with a copy of the letter which he sent to both minister Reilly and Mr Hayes, ensuring the committee members that he will continue to lobby on their behalf until the long term plans for the hospital are disclosed.Speaking of the anguish which people locally have been facing, the Councillor criticised the way in which the community has been left almost completely uninformed as to what future lies ahead for the hospital.“The staff, the patients and the people of the Finn Valley Area have been left completely in the dark over what the future has got in store for Lifford hospital – this is absolutely disgraceful, reprehensible and wrong.”Concerns over the hospital’s future have been high ever since a report issued and compiled by the HSE back in 2012, earmarked the facility for imminent closure, and while since then the anger and protest of locals has managed to delay this, very little has been communicated to the local community regarding the hospital’s fate. “Action is needed and it is needed now, this is why I have taken the necessary step of writing to both Mr John Hayes of the HSE as well as to health minister Dr James Reilly,” said McBrearty“I’m demanding that they give the people of this hospital the answers and reassurances which they no doubt deserve; this is not asking a lot.”“The decimation of this county’s health services is nothing short of scandalous. Since 2008, Donegal’s health budget has been cut by €53M, a figure which indicates a multitude of failures, a litany of neglect, as well as the contempt which this government has shown the people of Donegal – In every sense, we truly are the forgotten county.”Praising the excellent care which the hospital provides, as well as the outstanding commitment of the staff in the unit, Cllr McBrearty explained that Lifford Community Hospital has – for decades – served the people of the area with unparalleled vigour and professionalism, this being despite the many pressures which they are currently working under.“Lifford hospital is the backbone of this community; the level of care which staff here provides to their patients is remarkable, especially when one considers the terrible situation which the threat of closure has created – they are a true credit to themselves and to the hospital,” said the former Mayor. Opening up about what the facility means to him personally, Cllr McBrearty explains that one of the hospital’s longest residing patients, Eddie Gormely, is in fact a family relation of his, while the oldest member of the McBrearty family, 94 year old George McBrearty, is currently in receipt of respite care at the unit.“My family like so many others have for generations, depended on the services which this hospital provides. This hospital has been there when we needed it; now it needs us,” he said.Calling on all Donegal TDs from the government parties to get behind the drive to avert any attempt made to close the unit, Cllr McBrearty has called on them to be selfless, and put the interests of this community first.“I call on all Donegal TDs, particularly those from Fine Gael, to demand that their parties commit to the safeguarding of this facility, even if that requires them to resign in protest against any decision to close it; actions speak louder than words. “Also, what with the impending elections later this month, I would call on all candidates contesting these elections, and who are representing the government parties, to commit to abandon their party in any event that would see the demise of Lifford Community Hospital.”During Cllr McBrearty’s visit to the hospital, members from the Friends of Lifford Hospital Development Committee also stated their distress and anger at the lack of information which they have been given in relation to what lies in store for the town’s medical facility.“We’ve been left completely and utterly in the dark – we’re like mushrooms”, said group chairman Angus Stewart.“We have effectively been told nothing about what will happen to Lifford hospital and this situation has been going on for years now – it’s a disgrace.”Criticising the lack of clarity which continues to cast doubt over the long term future of the hospital, Treasurer for the Friends of Lifford Hospital Development Committee Tony Maxwell, spoke of both the efforts of the group as well as those of the community, whom have been actively fundraising and campaigning to keep the facility open.“We’ve already spent €140,000 on improving and updating the hospital here in Lifford, and thanks to the generosity of the people of this community, we have another €160,000 currently on hold.“This community is fully behind Lifford hospital and the services it provides and, with this in mind, we aim to raise close to €750,000 to keep our hospital alive.”Before leaving Lifford hospital Cllr McBrearty praised the work which has been done to date by the hospital’s development committee, and commended the people of the area for lending their support to the campaign to help retain the unit.“Visiting Lifford hospital today has been incredibly inspiring. The hard work and determination of this community, as well as those I’ve met with here, is something from which we can all take much needed comfort and solace.“Since being elected to council back in 2009, I’ve been extremely vocal about the need for Lifford Community Hospital to be supported and protected, both now and long into the future.“I hope that from my correspondence with the minister and with the HSE Area Manager, that perhaps some light may be shone onto what exactly is planned for the hospital. Furthermore, I hope that both men see the crucial role which Lifford hospital plays in this area, as well as realise that this facility is indeed the pillar of the community here.“While I am now awaiting an official response from them, I commit to giving whatever assistance I can to this hospital, as well as to the many that so desperately depend on the care which it provides.”ELECTION 2014: LIFFORD HOSPITAL STILL IN LIMBO, SAYS McBREARTY was last modified: May 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cllr Frank McBreartyLIFFORD HOSPITALlast_img read more

Cape Town bar on world top 20 list

first_img29 June 2012Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar in Cape Town came in fourth on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “Best New Bars in 20 Cities” worldwide, it was announced in the international magazine’s July issue.The list profiles the best new drinking and dancing hotspots in the world.Tjing Tjing, located in a 181-year-old heritage building in Longmarket Street in the Cape Town city centre, claimed its spot on the list for its atmosphere, music and choice of food and wine.“Enveloped in the wooden mansards of the old attic is an eclectic mix of new and old, local and Asian, with a Japanese shrine-inspired red bar and black and white Tokyo imagery,” says tjingtjing.co.za. “The bar opens up to a lofty outside terrace.”The bar is well known for its music, playing a mixture of electronic and indie music, drawing a hip clientele that ranges from journalists to graphic designers.Tjing Tjing serves a variety of interestingly named cocktails, such as the Ginger Ninja and Asian Persuasion, and has an extensive wine list.There are wine tastings with the bar’s wine suppliers every Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm, with no charge and no bookings necessary.Their food also holds its own. “Our tapas menu boasts sticky Asian-glazed pork belly skewers as a favourite, cheese & charcuterie boards and springrolls,” the Tjing Tjing website says.The bar is located on 165 Longmarket Street.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa’s population grows by 7m

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma receiving the census 2011 report from statistician general Pali Lehohla. (Image: sanews.gov.za) Over the course of the census, fieldworkers knocked on 14.6-million doors across the country to collect information about every household in South Africa. (Image: Statistics South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sivuyile Mangxamba   Statistics South Africa  +27 82 886 3707 RELATED ARTICLES • Zuma: better local government • Nedbank invests in water project • Zuma: SA to meet 2015 education goal • UJ Soweto university open for learning Wilma den HartighThe results from South Africa’s latest population census, conducted in October 2011, have been released. There are over seven million more people in the country, compared to the last census in 2001.Statistics South Africa revealed the third post-apartheid census – the results of which will provide the country’s policy makers with crucial information and inform social and economic development planning for the country. The population census is a total count of the country’s population and includes demographic, social and economic information about its citizens. Although a typical census is held every five years, Statistics South Africa, due to capacity issues, conducts the national census over 10 years. The numbersThe population has seen gradual growth since 1996, when it stood at 40.5-million, to 44.8-million in 2001, with the latest record stating that there were officially 51.7-million people living in South Africa in 2011.The country’s smallest province by area, Gauteng, has overtaken KwaZulu-Natal as the most populous, with 12.3-million people, while KwaZulu-Natal has 10.3-million. The Northern Cape, on the other hand is the largest province by area, but has the least inhabitants at 1.1-million. Gauteng is also the province with the fastest growing population, with the Western Cape coming in second place at a rate of 28.7%. Many improvementsAreas of development such as better access to basic services and higher enrolment and attendance figures at educational institutions are also highlighted in the census.Such improvements benefit citizens and show that living conditions, environmental and health standards are advancing. Access to running water, proper sanitation and electricity has improved for many South Africans over the past 15 years, while the number of households with flushing toilets connected to the sewerage system increased to 57% in 2011, from the 50% recorded in 2001. The controversial bucket system also saw a decrease in the number of users to 2.1% from 3.9% in 2001.The number of households with access to piped water was high in all but two of the nine provinces, the Eastern Cape and Limpopo, which had the lowest proportions.Gauteng recorded the highest of this statistic, with 89.4% of households now enjoying the service, followed by the Free State at 89.1% and the Western Cape at 88.4%.The 2011 census results also noted a stable increase in the percentage of households living in formal dwellings. Figures in this category increased from 65.1% in 1996 and 68.5% in 2001 to 77.6% in 2011.  Formal dwellings are described by Statistics South Africa as a structure built according to approved plans, such as a house on a separate stand, a flat, apartment, townhouse or room in a backyard. The percentage of households living in informal dwellings decreased from 16.4% in 2001 to 13.6% in 2011.Higher enrolment statsOver the past 15 years schools have enrolled an increasing number of pupils between the ages of five and 15, which points to an improvement in access to basic education. The age group between five and seven years showed the most progress in enrolment rates between 1996 and 2011.Enrolment among five-year-olds was 22.5% in the 1996 census, 45.6% at Census 2001 and the latest results show that this figure increased to 81.2%.Another improvement was in the age group between six and seven years. There is a notable decrease in the percentage of people with no schooling, from 19% in 1996 to 8.7% in 2011. The number of people who completed high school level education or higher increased from 23.4% in 1996, to 40.5% in 2011.The proportion of individuals aged 20, who have no schooling, halved from 19.1% in 1996 to 8.6% in 2011.last_img read more